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    How the buffalo bills unleashed josh allen’s playmaking ability with empty sets

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    HOW THE BUFFALO BILLS UNLEASHED JOSH ALLEN’S PLAYMAKING ABILITY WITH EMPTY SETS

    How Brian Daboll maximized Josh Allen’s talent

    The plan of attack for the offense was simple once Josh Allen returned: maximize Allen’s arm and legs to create explosive plays. One way this plan was carried out was by using empty sets.

    In 2018, Allen dropped back 73 times (16th-most) from an empty set, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but he only dropped back to pass 395 times, according to SportsInfo Solutions. This means Allen was in an empty set 18.5% of the time, which was the third-most behind Ben Roethlisberger (26.7%) and Deshaun Watson (21.8%).




    Allen only completed 20% of his passes and registered an on-target rate of 20% at 2.8 yards per attempt for zero touchdowns in weeks 1-6. From the Jaguars game (week 12) on, Allen boosted his completion percentage to 54.7%, on-target rate to 77.4%, with 7.6 yards per attempt and two touchdowns when in empty. A tad over 99% of his passing yards from an empty set came after his return or 414 out of 418 yards.

    Out of empty sets, the Bills had seven “explosive” pass plays of 20-plus yards on 58 attempts. They ran 14 times out of empty formations, generating four explosive plays on those runs.

    Daboll incorporated some minor changes to get the most out of Allen, and one of those changes was using what I like to call landmark throws out of condensed sets. Out of condensed sets, Allen’s offensive coordinator utilized common route combinations like this spacing concept to get him in rhythm. To give him easy reads, let his feet and eyes move smoothly through progressions and then nail throws to landmarks on the field. This minimized Allen having to worry about placing the ball perfectly to a moving target. The receivers would work to certain depths at certain landmarks on the field, such as the numbers (Foster and Jones) and over the ball (Clay) on the play below. Allen knows exactly where they will be; he just has to let the reads take him to the proper receiver.

    The Firebaugh native mastered these concepts versus one-high and two-high sets, versus against man and zone coverage.

    The time off afforded Allen the opportunity to take a breath and comprehend how defenses were going to defend him, but more importantly, it gave him a better perspective on the offense. He had a better grasp of the protections, who the extra rushers were, and where to go with the ball if that rusher blitzed. Allen shows that to us on this play against the Jets. The Bills are in empty and faced with a 3rd-and-13 situation with their backs up against the goal line. Allen sets the protection by sliding the line to the offense’s right, points out who the extra rusher is (#56), and then throws a strike to WR Isaiah McKenzie. If #56 had blitzed, Allen would have been responsible for him and RB Marcus Murphy would be the hot route. So Allen had all of the potential problems solved.

    The 2019 version of the empty set should be even more lethal. The Bills added speedster John Brown to pair up with Foster. Now they have two receivers who finished in the top-five of average depth of target.

    Beane also added WR Cole Beasley, a lightning-quick receiver who can separate in the short and intermediate area. They drafted tight end Dawson Knox from Ole Miss, who has the athleticism of a receiver and will add a dimension that Daboll didn’t quite have last season.

    This means the Bills’ offense will have speed at all three levels, which will create mismatches across the board, and should once again help Daboll utilize Allen like the playmaker he is.
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    theres just flat out a shitload more talent on this team than there was last year

    im sure daboll will do a good job, but if the offense is as good as it appears it can be, that will be due more to flat out wayyy more talent
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    then theres the progress of guys like allen and the predator mb and spiceboy

    i get excited just thinking about it. that means they will probably suck
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